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Adams' Dirk Gently Serialized on BBC Radio 144

happy monday writes "Douglas Adams' 'Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency' is being serialised by BBC Radio, starring Harry Enfield. The first episode can be listened to on Radio 4's website now." The Times has a fairly glowing review of the program, and (for US folks like myself) some incomprehensible British-isms to boot.
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Adams' Dirk Gently Serialized on BBC Radio

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  • Excellent book (Score:3, Interesting)

    by amaupin ( 721551 ) on Saturday October 06, 2007 @09:34PM (#20884255) Homepage
    This was an excellent book, and based on a Doctor Who script or not, I always thought it was much better than any of the Hitchhiker's novels. (However I still put the original Hitchhiker's radio series at the top of Adams' oeuvre, mostly due to the brilliance of Mark Wing-Davey.)

    Can't wait to listen to this new show.
  • Re:Excellent book (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Spacejock ( 727523 ) on Saturday October 06, 2007 @11:49PM (#20884867) Homepage
    I read the Dirk Gently books for the first time this year, and they reminded me of Tom Holt's 'Expecting Someone Taller' - probably the Norse Gods and suburban England. Now I'm curious .. wonder which was written first?

    (Preferred Hitchhikers Guide to the Gently books, BTW.)
  • by Peet42 ( 904274 ) <Peet42@N[ ]cape.net ['ets' in gap]> on Sunday October 07, 2007 @04:22AM (#20886147)
    If you're on Windows, and using the BBC site, follow their "Get Realplayer" links.

    Before the BBC standardised on RealPlayer for their video and audio streams (which may not continue much longer as the new DRM-encumbered BBCiPlayer rolls out) they got an agreement from RealNetworks to provide an ad-free version of RealPlayer. It's freely available to all, but only if you go through the BBC site to get it and, crucially, do not install the "full" RealPlayer first.

    The BBC version has been effectively neutered; it doesn't fire up the browser unless you ask it to, and doesn't look for ads in the background. Without those annoyances it is my favourite Windows media player. :-)

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